Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians

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Also known as:
Air Analysis Engineering Technician, Environmental Remediation Engineering Technician, Environmental Technician, Pollution Control Engineering Technician

Video transcript

Pollution is a major problem in today's world, but we can breathe a little easier if environmental technicians are on the job. Working with environmental engineers and scientists, these technicians test the air, water, and soil for pollution. This involves setting up and monitoring sophisticated equipment.

If findings indicate that pollution levels need to be further investigated, these technicians become environmental detectives. Once they've located the source of the problem, action can be taken to correct the situation. For most environment technicians, their office is the great outdoors. Field work is essential in protecting our forests, waterways, and communities, and it has to be carried out in all types of weather conditions.

Part of the job may require work in a lab, testing samples and writing reports. There's lots of room for growth in this field because of increased concerns about health hazards caused by pollution. Many technicians work for government environmental agencies.

In addition to at least a two-year college degree in technology, you have to take classes in environmental regulations and the safe handling of hazardous materials. Few careers can have as positive an impact on mother earth and the living things that depend on it that that of an environmental engineering technician.

Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientists. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Collect and analyze pollution samples, such as air or ground water.

Decontaminate or test field equipment used to clean or test pollutants from soil, air, or water.

Prepare and package environmental samples for shipping or testing.

Perform environmental quality work in field or office settings.

Review technical documents to ensure completeness and conformance to requirements.

Record laboratory or field data, including numerical data, test results, photographs, or summaries of visual observations.

Receive, set up, test, or decontaminate equipment.

Review work plans to schedule activities.

Maintain project logbook records or computer program files.

Produce environmental assessment reports, tabulating data and preparing charts, graphs, or sketches.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.